CorEnergy Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Results

KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (“CorEnergy” or the “Company”)
today announced financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31,
2018.

Fiscal Year 2018 Performance Summary

Fiscal Year 2018 financial highlights are as follows:

   
For the Year Ended
December 31, 2018
    Per Share
Total Basic     Diluted
Net Income (Attributable to Common Stockholders)1 $ 34,163,499 $ 2.86 $ 2.79
NAREIT Funds from Operations (NAREIT FFO)1 $ 46,796,201 $ 3.92 $ 3.61
Funds From Operations (FFO)1 $ 47,959,311 $ 4.02 $ 3.69
Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)1 $ 49,024,120 $ 4.11 $ 3.70
Dividends Declared to Common Stockholders $ 3.00
1   Management uses AFFO as a measure of long-term sustainable
operational performance. NAREIT FFO, FFO, and AFFO are non-GAAP
measures. Reconciliations of NAREIT FFO, FFO and AFFO, as presented,
to Net Income Attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders are included at
the end of this press release. See Note 1 for additional information.
 

Recent Developments

  • Sale of Portland Terminal to tenant, Zenith
    Energy:
    Sold the Portland Terminal Facility and the Company’s
    remaining interest in the Joliet Terminal to Zenith Energy for an
    aggregate consideration of $61 million
  • Exchange of Convertible Debt: Exchanged
    $43.8 million face amount of the Company’s 7% Convertible Senior Notes
    for an aggregate of 837,040 shares of common stock and $19.8 million
    in cash
  • Repurchase of Preferred Equity:
    Repurchased $4.5 million par value of the Company’s 7.375% Series A
    Preferred Stock
  • Maintained dividend: Declared common
    stock dividend of $0.75 per share ($3.00 annualized) for the fourth
    quarter 2018, in line with the previous 13 quarterly dividends

“CorEnergy entered 2019 a different company than it began 2018, having
sold the Portland Terminal to our tenant, an asset which returned rates
in the mid-teens since its purchase in January 2014. Recently, we
deleveraged our capital structure through the repurchase of preferred
equity and the exchange of convertible debt,” said CorEnergy President,
Chairman and CEO Dave Schulte. “We engaged in several deep dives of
evaluating asset acquisitions which, while not ultimately resulting in a
transaction, allowed our team to stretch our understanding of which
assets best fit our risk-return profile. In 2019, we expect to continue
our disciplined approach in assessing real property assets to add to our
portfolio.”

Portfolio Update

Grand Isle Gathering System: On October 18,
2018, the parent company of the tenant of the GIGS, EGC, completed its
previously announced acquisition by the privately-held Gulf of Mexico
operator, Cox Oil, for approximately $332 million. The tenant continues
to utilize the system and make timely rent payments.

Pinedale Liquids Gathering System: UPL made
strides to strengthen its balance sheet in 2018 and refocused its
drilling plan on vertical wells, following mixed results from horizontal
well testing. Utilization of the Pinedale LGS generated $4.3 million of
variable rent revenue in 2018, despite UPL’s financial results being
adversely affected by lower realized natural gas prices. CorEnergy
intends to utilize excess cash flows such as these to reduce its
leverage profile and / or invest in new assets.

MoGas Pipeline: On May 31, 2018, MoGas
filed a general rate case before the FERC with a proposed revenue
requirement of approximately $20.0 million, annually. The proposed rates
went into effect on December 1, 2018, subject to refund upon final
ruling. The FERC rate case remains ongoing.

Omega Pipeline: Omega and its third-party
consultants are reviewing potential projects, including those for its
utility energy services contract (UESC) at Fort Leonard Wood in
south-central Missouri. The UESC initiative is expected to last four to
five years and will produce incremental earnings.

Portland Terminal: On December 21, 2018,
CorEnergy sold the Portland Terminal Facility to its tenant, Zenith
Energy, as well as its remaining interest in the Joliet Terminal, for an
aggregate consideration of $61 million. The Company had purchased the
Portland Terminal in January 2014 for $42 million and invested an
additional $10 million for improvements in the asset.

Outlook

CorEnergy regularly assesses its ability to pay and grow its dividend to
common stockholders above the current $0.75 per quarter. The Company
targets long-term revenue growth of 1-3% annually from existing
contracts through inflation-based and participating rent adjustments and
additional growth from acquisitions. CorEnergy believes that a number of
actions can be taken to adequately offset the lost revenue from the sale
of the Portland Terminal, which could include a combination of i)
additional investments in revenue generating assets and / or ii)
deleveraging of the Company’s balance sheet through preferred equity and
convertible debt repurchases, at attractive prices. There can be no
assurance that any potential acquisition opportunities will result in
consummated transactions.

Dividend Declaration

Common Stock: A fourth quarter 2018
dividend of $0.75 per share (or $3.00 per share annualized) was declared
for CorEnergy’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 28,
2019, to stockholders of record on February 14, 2019.

Preferred Stock: For the Company’s 7.375%
Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, a cash dividend of
$0.4609375 per depositary share was declared. The preferred stock
dividend, which equates to an annual dividend payment of $1.84375 per
depositary share, is payable on February 28, 2019, to stockholders of
record on February 14, 2019.

Fiscal Year 2018 Earnings Conference Call

CorEnergy will host a conference call on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at
1:00 p.m. Central Time to discuss its financial results. Please dial
into the call at 877-407-8035 (for international, 1-201-689-8035)
approximately five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The
call will also be webcast in a listen-only format. A link to the webcast
will be accessible at corenergy.reit.

A replay of the call will be available until 1:00 p.m. Central Time on
March 28, 2019 by dialing 877-481-4010 (for international,
1-919-882-2331). The Conference ID is 43972. A replay of the conference
call will also be available on the Company’s website.

About CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CORR, CORRPrA), is a real
estate investment trust (REIT) that owns critical energy assets, such as
pipelines, storage terminals, and transmission and distribution assets.
We receive long-term contracted revenue from operators of our assets,
primarily under triple-net participating leases. For more information,
please visit corenergy.reit.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that may include
“forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the
Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included
herein are “forward-looking statements.” Although CorEnergy believes
that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are
reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and
these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could
differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking
statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those
discussed in CorEnergy’s reports that are filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this
press release. Other than as required by law, CorEnergy does not assume
a duty to update any forward-looking statement. In particular, any
distribution paid in the future to our stockholders will depend on the
actual performance of CorEnergy, its costs of leverage and other
operating expenses and will be subject to the approval of CorEnergy’s
Board of Directors and compliance with leverage covenants.

Notes

1NAREIT FFO represents net income (computed in accordance
with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of depreciable
operating property, impairment losses of depreciable properties, real
estate-related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of
deferred financing costs or loan origination costs) and after
adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and non-controlling
interests. Adjustments for non-controlling interests are calculated on
the same basis. FFO as we have presented it here, is derived by further
adjusting NAREIT FFO for distributions received from investment
securities, income tax expense (benefit) from investment securities, net
distributions and dividend income and net realized and unrealized gain
or loss on other equity securities. CorEnergy defines AFFO as FFO
Adjusted for Securities Investment plus (gain) loss on extinguishment of
debt, provision for loan (gain) loss, net of tax, transaction costs,
amortization of debt issuance costs, amortization of deferred lease
costs, accretion of asset retirement obligation, amortization of above
market leases, income tax expense (benefit) unrelated to securities
investments, non-cash costs associated with derivative instruments,
(gain) loss on the settlement of ARO, and certain costs of a
nonrecurring nature, less maintenance, capital expenditures (if any),
amortization of debt premium, and other adjustments as deemed
appropriate by Management. Reconciliations of NAREIT FFO, FFO Adjusted
for Securities Investments and AFFO to Net Income Attributable to
CorEnergy Stockholders are included in the additional financial
information attached to this press release.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
       
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Assets
Leased property, net of accumulated depreciation of $87,154,095 and
$72,155,753
$ 398,214,355 $ 465,956,467
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of
$15,969,346 and $12,643,636
109,881,552 113,158,872
Financing notes and related accrued interest receivable, net of
reserve of $600,000 and $4,100,000
1,300,000 1,500,000
Note receivable 5,000,000
Other equity securities, at fair value 2,958,315
Cash and cash equivalents 69,287,177 15,787,069
Deferred rent receivable 25,942,755 22,060,787
Accounts and other receivables 5,083,243 3,786,036
Deferred costs, net of accumulated amortization of $1,290,236 and
$623,764
2,838,443 3,504,916
Prepaid expenses and other assets 668,584 742,154
Deferred tax asset, net 4,948,203 2,244,629
Goodwill 1,718,868   1,718,868
Total Assets $ 624,883,180   $ 633,418,113
Liabilities and Equity
Secured credit facilities, net of debt issuance costs of $210,891
and $254,646
37,261,109 40,745,354
Unsecured convertible senior notes, net of discount and debt
issuance costs of $1,180,729 and $1,967,917
112,777,271 112,032,083
Asset retirement obligation 7,956,343 9,170,493
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 3,493,490 2,333,782
Management fees payable 1,831,613 1,748,426
Income tax liability 2,204,626
Unearned revenue 6,552,049   3,397,717
Total Liabilities $ 169,871,875   $ 171,632,481
Equity
Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock 7.375%, $125,555,675
and $130,000,000 liquidation preference ($2,500 per share, $0.001
par value), 10,000,000 authorized; 50,222 and 52,000 issued and
outstanding at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
$ 125,555,675 $ 130,000,000
Capital stock, non-convertible, $0.001 par value; 11,960,225 and
$11,915,830 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and
December 31, 2017 (100,000,000 shares authorized)
11,960 11,916
Additional paid-in capital 320,295,969 331,773,716
Retained earnings 9,147,701  
Total Equity 455,011,305   461,785,632
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 624,883,180   $ 633,418,113
 
 
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
           
For the Years Ended December 31,
2018 2017 2016
Revenue
Lease revenue $ 72,747,362 $ 68,803,804 $ 67,994,130
Transportation and distribution revenue 16,484,236 19,945,573 21,094,112
Financing revenue     162,344  
Total Revenue 89,231,598   88,749,377   89,250,586  
Expenses
Transportation and distribution expenses 7,210,748 6,729,707 6,463,348
General and administrative 13,042,847 10,786,497 12,270,380
Depreciation, amortization and ARO accretion expense 24,947,453 24,047,710 22,522,871
Provision for loan (gain) loss (36,867 )   5,014,466  
Total Expenses 45,164,181   41,563,914   46,271,065  
Operating Income $ 44,067,417   $ 47,185,463   $ 42,979,521  
Other Income (Expense)
Net distributions and dividend income $ 106,795 $ 680,091 $ 1,140,824
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on other equity securities (1,845,309 ) 1,531,827 824,482
Interest expense (12,759,010 ) (12,378,514 ) (14,417,839 )
Gain on the sale of leased property, net 11,723,257
Loss on extinguishment of debt   (336,933 )  
Total Other Expense (2,774,267 ) (10,503,529 ) (12,452,533 )
Income before income taxes 41,293,150   36,681,934   30,526,988  
Taxes
Current tax expense (benefit) (585,386 ) 2,831,658 (313,107 )
Deferred tax benefit (1,833,340 ) (486,340 ) (151,313 )
Income tax expense (benefit), net (2,418,726 ) 2,345,318   (464,420 )
Net Income 43,711,876 34,336,616 30,991,408
Less: Net Income attributable to non-controlling interest   1,733,826   1,328,208  
Net Income attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders $ 43,711,876 $ 32,602,790 $ 29,663,200
Preferred dividend requirements 9,548,377   7,953,988   4,148,437  
Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders $ 34,163,499   $ 24,648,802   $ 25,514,763  
 
Net Income $ 43,711,876 $ 34,336,616 $ 30,991,408
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Changes in fair value of qualifying hedges / AOCI attributable to
CorEnergy stockholders
11,196 (201,993 )
Changes in fair value of qualifying hedges / AOCI attributable to
non-controlling interest
  2,617   (47,226 )
Net Change in Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) $   $ 13,813   $ (249,219 )
Total Comprehensive Income 43,711,876 34,350,429 30,742,189
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interest   1,736,443   1,280,982  
Comprehensive Income attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders $ 43,711,876   $ 32,613,986   $ 29,461,207  
Earnings Per Common Share:
Basic $ 2.86 $ 2.07 $ 2.14
Diluted $ 2.79 $ 2.07 $ 2.14
Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding:
Basic 11,935,021 11,900,516 11,901,985
Diluted 15,389,180 11,900,516 11,901,985
Dividends declared per share $ 3.000 $ 3.000 $ 3.000
 
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
    For the Years Ended December 31,
2018     2017     2016
Operating Activities

Net Income

$ 43,711,876 $ 34,336,616 $ 30,991,408
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Deferred income tax, net (1,845,710 ) (486,340 ) (151,313 )
Depreciation, amortization and ARO accretion 26,361,907 25,708,891 24,548,350
Gain on sale of leased property (11,723,257 )
Provision for loan (gain) loss (36,867 ) 5,014,466
Loss on extinguishment of debt 336,933
Non-cash settlement of accounts payable (221,609 )
(Gain) loss on sale of equipment (8,416 ) 4,203
Gain on repurchase of convertible debt (71,702 )
Net distributions and dividend income, including recharacterization
of income
148,649 (117,004 )
Net realized and unrealized (gain) loss on other equity securities 1,845,309 (1,531,827 ) (781,153 )
Unrealized gain on derivative contract (75,591 )
Settlement of derivative contract (95,319 )
Loss on settlement of asset retirement obligation 310,941
Common stock issued under directors compensation plan 67,500 67,500 60,000
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Increase in deferred rent receivables (7,038,848 ) (7,184,005 ) (8,360,036 )
(Increase) decrease in accounts and other receivables (1,297,207 ) 752,848 (174,390 )
Decrease in financing note accrued interest receivable 95,114
(Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets 73,505 (16,717 ) 329,735
Increase (decrease) in management fee payable 83,187 13,402 (28,723 )
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 476,223 (225,961 ) (231,151 )
Increase (decrease) in income tax liability (2,204,626 ) 2,204,626
Increase (decrease) in unearned revenue (152,777 ) 2,884,362   155,961  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 48,622,740   $ 56,791,571   $ 51,108,652  
Investing Activities
Proceeds from the sale of leased property 55,553,975
Proceeds from sale of other equity securities 449,067 7,591,166
Proceeds from assets and liabilities held for sale 644,934
Purchases of property and equipment, net (105,357 ) (116,595 ) (191,926 )
Proceeds from asset foreclosure and sale 17,999 223,451
Principal payment on financing note receivable 236,867
Increase in financing notes receivable (202,000 )
Return of capital on distributions received 663,939   120,906   4,631  
Net cash provided by investing activities $ 56,816,490   $ 7,595,477   $ 479,090  
Financing Activities

Debt financing costs

(264,010 ) (1,462,741 ) (193,000 )
Net offering proceeds on Series A preferred stock 71,161,531
Repurchases of common stock (2,041,851 )
Repurchases of convertible debt (899,960 )
Repurchases of Series A preferred stock (4,275,553 )
Dividends paid on Series A preferred stock (9,587,500 ) (8,227,734 ) (4,148,437 )
Dividends paid on common stock (34,284,059 ) (34,731,892 ) (34,896,727 )
Distributions to non-controlling interest (1,833,650 )
Advances on revolving line of credit 10,000,000 44,000,000
Payments on revolving line of credit (54,000,000 )
Proceeds from term debt 41,000,000
Principal payments on secured credit facilities (3,528,000 ) (45,600,577 ) (60,131,423 )
Purchase of non-controlling interest   (32,800,000 )  
Net cash used in financing activities $ (51,939,122 ) $ (56,495,063 ) $ (58,311,398 )
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 53,500,108 $ 7,891,985 $ (6,723,656 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents at beginning of period 15,787,069   7,895,084   14,618,740  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at end of period $ 69,287,177   $ 15,787,069   $ 7,895,084  
 
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information
Interest paid $ 11,200,835 $ 10,780,150 $ 12,900,901
Income taxes paid (net of refunds) 2,136,563 199,772 37,736
 
Non-Cash Investing Activities
Note receivable in consideration of the sale of leased property $ 5,000,000 $ $
Investment in other equity securities (1,161,034 )
Change in accounts and other receivables (450,000 )
Net change in Assets Held for Sale, Property and equipment, Prepaid
expenses and other assets, Accounts payable and other accrued
liabilities and Liabilities held for sale
(1,776,549 )
 
Non-Cash Financing Activities
Change in accounts payable and accrued expenses related to debt
financing costs
$ (255,037 ) $ 255,037 $
Reinvestment of distributions by common stockholders in additional
common shares
1,509,830 962,308 815,889
Common stock issued upon conversion of convertible notes 42,654
 
 
NAREIT FFO, FFO Adjusted for Securities Investment and AFFO
Reconciliation (Unaudited)
    For the Years Ended December 31,
2018     2017     2016
Net Income attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders $ 43,711,876 $ 32,602,790 $ 29,663,200
Less:
Preferred Dividend Requirements 9,548,377   7,953,988   4,148,437  
Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders $ 34,163,499 $ 24,648,802 $ 25,514,763
Add:
Depreciation 24,355,959 23,292,713 21,704,275
Less:
Gain on the sale of leased property, net 11,723,257
Non-Controlling Interest attributable to NAREIT FFO reconciling items   1,632,546   1,645,819  
NAREIT funds from operations (NAREIT FFO) $ 46,796,201 $ 46,308,969 $ 45,573,219
Add:
Distributions received from investment securities 106,795 949,646 1,028,452
Income tax expense (benefit) from investment securities (682,199 ) 1,000,084 760,036
Less:
Net distributions and dividend income 106,795 680,091 1,140,824
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on other equity securities (1,845,309 ) 1,531,827   824,482  
Funds from operations adjusted for securities investments (FFO) $ 47,959,311 $ 46,046,781 $ 45,396,401
Add:
Loss of extinguishment of debt 336,933
Provision for loan (gain) loss, net of tax (36,867 ) 4,409,359
Transaction costs 521,311 592,068 520,487
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,414,457 1,661,181 2,025,478
Amortization of deferred lease costs 91,932 91,932 91,932
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 499,562 663,065 726,664
Non-cash (gain) loss associated with derivative instruments 33,763 (75,591 )
Loss on settlement of ARO 310,941
Less:
Non-cash settlement of accounts payable 221,609
Income tax (expense) benefit 1,736,527 (1,345,234 ) 619,349
Non-Controlling Interest attributable to AFFO reconciling items   13,154   37,113  
Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) $ 49,024,120   $ 50,536,194   $ 52,438,268  
 
Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding:
Basic 11,935,021 11,900,516 11,901,985
Diluted 15,389,180 15,355,061 15,368,370
NAREIT FFO attributable to Common Stockholders
Basic $ 3.92 $ 3.89 $ 3.83
Diluted (1) $ 3.61 $ 3.59 $ 3.54
FFO attributable to Common Stockholders
Basic $ 4.02 $ 3.87 $ 3.81
Diluted (1) $ 3.69 $ 3.57 $ 3.53
AFFO attributable to Common Stockholders
Basic $ 4.11 $ 4.25 $ 4.41
Diluted (2) $ 3.70 $ 3.81 $ 3.93

(1)

 

Diluted per share calculations include dilutive adjustments for
convertible note interest expense, discount amortization and
deferred debt issuance amortization.

(2)

Diluted per share calculations include a dilutive adjustment
for convertible note interest expense.

 

Contacts

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.
Investor Relations
Lesley
Schorgl, 877-699-CORR (2677)
info@corenergy.reit

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